LTI Mentors are people who have a shared lived experience with HIV/AIDS or hepatitis C (cured or treated), a history of accessing harm reduction services, and are taking PrEP for prevention. They support trainees and hold them accountable in their efforts to adhere to medication and remain engaged in care.
Mentors are assigned once participants have completed the LTI Health & Wellness Self-Management Skills training. They hold the position for up to two years, after which they must recertify.
Who becomes an LTI Mentor?
LTI Mentors are invited to attend LTI Mentor training by an LTI staff member, another LTI Mentor, and CAI training staff based on their professional skills, role in their agency, and personality, as well as existing program resources and need.
Where do they mentor?
LTI Mentors serve in seven Ryan White-funded areas, including:
- Hudson Valley
- Long Island
Since the pandemic, mentors can now serve from any area of New York State, rather than just the region where they reside or are located.
What are examples of LTI Mentors' responsibilities?
Mentors play a variety of roles depending upon their experience and the program’s need. Examples include:
- Attending all trainings and meetings (unless otherwise discussed with the LTI team prior to training event).
- Educating the public about LTI training opportunities at outreach events (mentors are paid for their service).
- Mentoring peers who are incarcerated and have less than a year until their release back into the community through the LTI Prison Program (mentors are paid for their service).
How can I Iearn more?
Contact the LTI team: email@example.com